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Celebrations as new 'fossil fuel' plant rejected

Plans for a small gas fired power plant on the edge of Newton Abbot have been refused.

The seven metre tall 2.5MW power plant would  have been based between the A38 and the Dainton Business Park at Heathfield.

Developers say it was needed as there's times when wind and solar farms fail to generate enough electricity to meet demand. 

They say at the moment most of the back-up energy plants are up North or in the Midlands.

There's been a number of objections to the proposal, one person suggesting: "I oppose this application because a climate emergency has been declared both nationally and locally. There should be no more fossil fuel power stations."

Another added: "I wish to object to this planning proposal on the grounds that burning gas causes environmental damage and therefore no new power stations to be run on gas should be built."

A spokesperson for AMP Clean Energy Urban Reserve plants said: "As renewable generation increases, there are times when wind and solar farms fail to generate enough electricity to meet demand especially when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. 

"Urban Reserve plants provide immediate standby electricity to both keep the lights on and to fasten the transition to a low carbon future.

"AMP Clean Energy’s Urban Reserve plants use natural gas which is around 50-60% less carbon intensive than the existing coal-fired and gas-fired power stations which supply the National Grid with electricity.

Building new, localised, highly efficient ‘back up’ power stations enables the further growth of renewables without risking black-outs and
interruption to businesses and households. 

"It also helps us move away from large centralised carbon intensive power stations. 

"The locations for Urban Reserve sites are chosen in commercial locations where there is a risk of power outages and where standby power is needed for a longer period than batteries can provide.

"The major power outage the UK experienced on August 9th, when more than 100,000 homes in Devon were left without power, demonstrates the need for local, standby flexible energy plants such as Urban Reserve.

"Urban Reserve plants support the growth of local industries and of electric vehicles which require stable and resilient grid infrastructure to meet their increasing needs. "

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